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Help with groceries is here

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

How would you like to spend $30 for groceries and walk away with enough food to feed a family of four for a week?

It’s possible, Kim McKinnon said.

McKinnon and other members of Family Worship Center have gotten involved with Angel Food Ministries, a non-profit, non-denominational relief and support group helping communities across the United States.

“With this economy, we felt like we needed to help families,” said McKinnon. “This isn’t about Family Worship Center. We want the other churches and the community to get involved.”

“If we can get enough orders, they’ll bring a semi to Grant County,” she said.

The program began in 1994 with 34 families in Monroe, Ga. and has spread to thousands in 35 states.

The food, which includes groceries such as pork chops, steak, hamburger, chicken, vegetables, bread, eggs, etc., fits into a medium-sized box and is sold for $30.

Each month’s menu is different and contains both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value between $40 and $70. The food is the same quality that you’d purchase at a grocery store. There are no second-hand items or out-dated goods.

Each month, specialty boxes, are also available, as is a senior/convenience box with 10 meals that just need to be heated.

Anyone can order. The program is not limited to low-income families. The program can accept food stamp vouchers.

Orders must be placed at the beginning of the month and paid for at the time of ordering. The food is then picked up in Louisville or Lexington, brought back to Grant County and distributed on the last Saturday of the month.

Currently the food is being brought to Family Worship Center, on U.S. 25, for distribution, but McKinnon said there are plans to find another site.

December was the first month the church participated. An order for 50 boxes was placed, The responsive was positive,” McKinnon said.

“We could have gotten rid of more if we had them,” she said.

McKinnon would like to generate enough interest locally so that Grant County could become a drop off point. This requires 400 to 500 boxes to be ordered monthly.

Family Worship Center does not make a profit from the food sales and is interested in partnering with other congregations to spread the word about the program.

McKinnon knew about the program because her parents order from Angel Food monthly.

“My kids always want to go to their grandparents house to see what they’ve got in the freezer,” she said. “The quality is good and this can be a real help to people trying to stretch their dollars.”

Tonya Sunyama, of Williamstown, worked with McKinnon on Dec. 20 in distributing the boxes.

“When you’re not sure what tomorrow will bring, we thought a program like this would be especially good,” said Sunyama, who also attends Family Worship Center.

For January, food orders must be placed by Jan. 9. Anyone interested in ordering can go to fwcgc.com or angelfoodministries.com or call 824-7391for more information.

Family Worship Center will also be taking orders from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 6.

The food will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 24 at Family Worship Center.

“This had been on my heart to do for over a year but I just couldn’t get it together,” McKinnon said. “We want people and the community to partner with us so it can be a help to people. I know it’ll be a blessing and I just want it to take off.”